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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing

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Commemorating over 300,000 deaths during the 1937 Japanese capture of the then Chinese capital, The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre stands on a former execution and mass burial site. Two marble walls with names of 300,000 victims, halls with photographs of executions, and documents detailing the capture of Nanjing tell the gruesome story of the Japanese Imperial Army's occupation of China. Enter a coffin-shaped display hall to see a mass burial site excavated with numerous bones of victims, and visit a reconstruction of a house ransacked by soldiers. Solemn bronze sculptures and grey stone architecture punctuate gardens with pine and cypress trees. Walk around the 28,000 sq m (302,400 sq ft) grounds, and ring the large bronze bell for peace. Using our world travel planner, Nanjing attractions like The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very thought-provoking place. Is like a Museum of a Word, we can forgive, but not forget. Hope all of us can remember the horrors of war, cherish peace time, and don't forget that behind is the fate of being slaughtered, barbarians to resist than vociferously resist a cargo to be reasonable and feasible.
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  • You know you are going to a memorial, but nothing can prepare you for the heart-rending sculptures or the sheer number of victims. Well done Memorial with lots of history.  more »
  • Heartbreaking to remember what happened in Nanjing over a 6-week period in 1937-1938. A beautiful memorial to the 300,000 victims. A word of caution...if the weather is hot, go as early as possible. A...  more »
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  • Well preserved history in this place of massacre by invading army. Descriptive and graphical illustration makes it easy to understand the barbaric nature of atrocities by invaders. Usually crowded because lot of people come here to pay homage to deceased ones.
  • Beautiful museum, but bring a hanky. Very sad. It includes history of atrocities from around the world at that time.
  • Amazing memorial and museum! Very well designed and her informative. It was an emotional experience. The exhibit, however, is very long - takes 2-3 hours to get through it all!
  • Very emotional expierience, and very sad. It shows how cruel were the japanese soldiers during the occupation.
  • To be brutally honest, I didn't even know this happened. But even for me it was a quite impressive place to witness.

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You won't find a shortage of accommodations in Nanjing, a modern metropolis long on the radars of domestic and international tourists. Look south of the main railway station, following Central Road, to find the primary districts where visitors stay, with clusters of high-rise hotels--some luxurious and others standard, but all comfortable. A number of smaller boutiques set in formerly residential buildings provide atmospheric, well-maintained, and budget-friendly options. Take a look at the side streets around Central Road for a wealth of hostels and guesthouses.
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